On June 26, in a historic 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court extended marriage rights to all Americans, ruling that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional and that states don’t have the right to refuse to acknowledge same-sex marriages from other states.
The decision means that South Dakota will now have to stop enforcing its ban on same-sex marriage. Here are six ways that the Supreme Court's decision will likely impact South Dakota businesses:
1. Health Insurance
Group health plans often provide some degree of subsidized health insurance to employees and their spouses - usually on a tax-free basis. A same-sex spouse can now be included on a company's health insurance plan - just like a "traditional" married couple.